1897 French Marching Band Kepi


An antique French kepi, dated as bought "10 Octobre, 1897" on the original receipt stuck into the inner brim of the hat. In black wool, with gold braid trim, a hard lacquered canvas bill, gold buttons on the sides, a chin strap (in closed position on top of the bill), and a gold thread lyre at the front. A marching band hat. 20 1/2" circumference -- size small. Currently lined with old newspaper to make it smaller; the inner band is delicate and coming loose.